Vata'al ha'tz'fardaya vat'chas es Eretz Mitzraim (8:2)" - "And the frog arose and covered the land of Mitzraim." Why is tz'fardaya (frog) written in the singular? Rashi quotes from the Medrash that the plague began with one large frog. Whenever the Mitzrim hit it, streams of frogs came pouring out of it. Ultimately, so many frogs came out that the whole land of Mitzraim was covered.
The Steipler asks the very obvious question. Once the Mitzrim saw that each hit brought forth more frogs, why didn't they stop hitting it? The Steipler explains, they became furious when they saw the large frog spewing more frogs... They couldn't control their anger and frustration... They hit it again... It spewed more frogs... They got even angrier... They hit it again... It spewed more... And again... "Va't'chas es Eretz Mitzraim" - The whole land of Mitzraim was covered with frogs.
When we're angry, we act in a counterproductive and self-destructive manner. If someone acts aggressively toward us our automatic response is to respond with anger. Stop! Think. If we'll stay silent, the other person would gradually cool down. Our angry response will simply fuel the fire further. Counterproductive. Self-destructive. Think. Plan out the proper response - if any. Act on impulse - va't'chas es Eretz Mitzraim and the whole land will be covered with frogs.
LifeNews has an article titled Man Awakens After 12 Years in a “Vegetative State,” Says “I Was Aware of Everything.”
NewsBusters has a screenshot of an initial headline at Yahoo.
"Wannabe hero killed in Paris hostage drama, survivor recalls," read the headline. Perhaps thinking better of the matter, editors later changed the headline to "Survivor recalls Paris hostage drama at Jewish supermarket."
The headline has now been changed to "Survivor recalls horror of Paris hostage drama." Perhaps the headline will be whittled down to "Survivor."
There are some great comments posted under the Yahoo article which include, "I just cannot believe the title of this article. "Wannabe" denotes someone who selfishly tries to make himself out to be something he isn't for personal glory - - the total opposite of this man who at least tried to do something and paid with his life for it.
Bruno Bettelheim, who spent some time as a prisoner at Buchenwald, wrote of the female dancer who, in the line to go to the gas chamber, did a dance kick trying to disarm one of the guards. She, too, was shot for her pains. But as Bettelheim points out, she died in a defiant gesture and that made her a heroine. The "wannabe" deserves the same title.
Shame on you, Yahoo. "